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and control and found a cure today. but what i think about ambassadors, the first ambassadors at the hotel was when kennedy was shot. just on tuesday i graduate from carra from here to orange county, three different cities today. to me ambassadors you are doing a great job. i often think that san francisco should get comments. good thing we sit here between 6 ,000-7,000 homeless on the streets. i think we need to educate people some type of knowledge. too many people while they are on the streets or sro hotels come here and stay here are literate. ill
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iterate brings fear. you don't know nothing, the only thing is what you see and you don't understand it. illiteracy is the first thing you run into. i often see how people say, i come to this city and i didn't know there was this many gay people here. this is san francisco. it's things like this that we don't do a good job of bringing people into shelter. let the education start there. the library shows people are there day and night to read. i love to walk around seeing people read rather than getting in trouble and trying to rape and rob. if we are going to be on that beacon hill, we need to know that we have to be illiterate untolerated city. >> thank you. any other
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public comment? all right. thank you, mr. whippel and ambassadors. next up. item no. 10. tap care. we'll be hearing from peter o'connel. >> is there any possibility we can have what's on the laptop
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brought up? my name is peter o'connel. i'm with the consortium and we provide services for people around the level of personal disabilities. we have over 400 providers in the city of san francisco that assist 1100 individuals with disabilities to serve those providers and create that workforce we've created a training academy where we put our providers through 78 hours of 3 weeks worth of training where they not only learn but actually have to demonstrate competencies and all of the
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basic areas for personal care assistance. and just recently our agency has begun to look around and start thinking about how can we begin to use our core competency and start doing other activity in the community and provide one of the things that they have come up with is my program and that's tap care. tap care is a program where we take graduates of our personal care assistance program and we've created a private exchange where customers, consumers can come and look online and access the service and they can find personal care assistance much more easily and screen providers with a much higher reliability than they could otherwise. i'm going to take you through a brief tour of our website. i would love to have any input. i was told to make sure that
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i describe what's on the website. we have a tap care logo and log in for those who have previous access of it. we have a general welcome page, a featured provider section on our website and a recent news section on our website. we have an about us section where we talk about our history and talk about how it works. currently we describe ourselves as being in a beta and that is a very excellent description of where we are. we are looking to get as much input from as many different sources as we possibly can. so please go to the website. that's we would love to have your input on the
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service. currently we do not charge for any of our service although we ask since there are no free lunches in this world, if you want to be a part of our beta in the process, you have to talk to me. that's the trade off. you have to take a quick survey before you use the service and a quick survey after you use the service and you have to be willing to talk to me on the phone and i want to know whether you loved it or hated it and why. we have a section on how it works both for the consumers and the providers. one of the additional things we like to state for it is that we also do a criminal background check under like ihss and to start with every provider has a
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clear criminal record and no convictions. and in the future once we get bigger and once we move out of the experimental phase i would like to change that and have a way for people to be able to disclose their background and we don't want to exclude anybody because of past mistakes. today you get to know that every provider that you find on it hasn't been convicted of anything in the process. we have a frequently asked question section. where you can, as the title implies you can ask common questions. essentially the most important thing to understand about our service in how we view ourselves is we are not a service provider, we are a market provider. our goal is to help provide a place for both our graduates of our program and for folks who are
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looking for them to be able to access them easily and help make decisions. we don't tell you who you should pick. we don't tell you why you should pick anybody. we don't promote anybody over anybody else in the process of it. so the relationship that you have is directly with the provider that you are selecting. so the only thing to see what do you do once you sign into to the beta and what does it look like for you. >> here is log in. you can see pictures of what the providers look like and get relative information and a quick snapshot for the individual profiles. one of the important things i would like to state
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is the website is completely visually accessible. we are using software from the independent living and excited to be in partnership with them. it really allows us to be able to say and helps us focus in making sure that we really prioritize accessibility and prioritize the needs of those in the aging and the disability community. you can sort by a whole set of variables. you can do a quick snapshot and you can do a search. so, if you can look at your specific neighborhood and you can find out providers who are willing to service your neighborhood. you can find providers who are working for shifts that you are looking to fill. you can go all the way down to language skills, certification, if they have any nursing experience, cpr,
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are they able to drive, any past experience. short of find outh of what they weighed when they were a baby, we give you every bit of information and we provide information. that's the fun thing is we are growing and adding information in almost a daily basis. clicking on a profile you get to know a little bit about the individual and they state why they get to be a personal assistant and what type of work and who they are interested in working with and areas and the process is we recorded videos with each of the providers in the process and we are proud to say they are also captioned videos.
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>> greetings. i'm excited to connect my experiences with you. i had experience in assisted living, private care, respite, companionship. my strong belief is to care, advocate, preserve and safe guard all persons with need. the details, i'm always aware and persistent with cleanliness, over all maintenance of the environment of which i find myself in. i'm really excited to share my strength and experience with you. thank you for your time. >> so i'm really excited about this. this is one of my passion projects. i was brought in on this project. i have seen folks with
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disabilities not able to live independent lives simply for a lack of adequate care and adequate individuals who would be willing to assist them in living independent lives and i have seen folks who want to get a job because they get a great deal of satisfaction and they find the work to the meaningful and important and it gives them a sense of purpose in their life and the process that they know they are enabling folks to live such a great quality of life. those folks are not able to do this because there are venues that are hard to find and hard to use. it's our hope this will start in san francisco and it will be an excellent resource that will continue to make san francisco one of the most progressive cities when it comes to the disability community and the aging population and i welcome any questions you might have.
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>> are there any comments or questions from councilmembers? i would like to make one. this is great. it's just amazing. it's such a better way for people to choose care workers than over the phone and it gives a lot of information before you ever to have ask a question directly to the person and it narrows down the time you have to we've through people get the personal care that you have to do. i really appreciate this. >> thank you. we are very excited about this. it's something that is very much within our wheel house and something we have very strong competency in. all of our providers know what they are doing and they are expensed and have passed or graduated
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from a training program and you nailed it on the head, being able to access that information before hand means that you are able to make that decision so much faster baunsd we are not an agency it means the providers get to charge a lower rate which is much easier to afford for the community and at the same time the provider gets to charge all of the money in charge of process of it. we can imagine a better win win scenario for it. it's something that we are really excited about. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> if i can make a comment to the chair? >> yes. >> mr. o'connel, thank you so much for your presentation. i wonder if you can explain for the council why is that specifically targeting people in private pay and what that really means and since you are also taking comments on your
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beta page, i would say that the contracts, the color contrast on your website is not very good. the green, for people with low vision, the green and yellow characters, the contrast could be improved. >> thankfully, the marine center for independent living has already taken that into account. if you pull it up on the screen once more, they have a high contrast option in the accessibility section. >> i have another question for you. i noticed that a lot of your providers are based out of outside of san francisco. what does that really mean? is that private exchange open to people in other cities or is it just a san francisco thing? >> so i would tell you if somebody, all of the providers all they have to do is say that they are willing to work
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in san francisco and commit to work in san francisco. that doesn't limit them to working into other areas. we place no exclusivity on their time in the process. we only ask that when they list an availability on our website that they keep it available and in fact we do check ins with them to make sure that that availability remains accurate so nobody goes onto the website and asks to see john or sue and say do you have tuesday afternoons free. john or sue goes, i'm terribly sorry, but i just filled that up of the availability. we do have hopes to expanding to the bay area. i don't know how many of you know it but google has put out a grant for non-profits and we are in partnership with all of the independent living centers in ninety counties of the bay
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area to expand services across the area. we know that the disability community does not end in the san francisco border. the fact that i live in berkeley is an -- indication of that. and the resources are not on borders. it online and because of our beta we want to make sure we have a strong product to begin with and that's why we are focusing on san francisco to begin with and we definitely want to expand. >> councilmember harriet wong has a comment? >> thank you mr. o'connel. joanna answered my question. can you state the website
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url. >> sure. it is >> okay. thank you mr. o'connel. >> thank you so much. >> do we have anymore public comment? >> roland. we have a councilmember that wants to speak first and then you can go next. >> it's just one simple question. can we get your phone number. >> certainly. my phone number is on our contact page. let me get it. now you made it challenging for me. the phone number for me is 659-5329.
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that's my personal number and i would be happy to speak to you personally. it's 415. >> thank you. >> no problem. >> okay. terrific. now public comment. thank you for being patient. >> larry juicy. when i seen private paid. i thought isn't this a public thing? why is it private? i get it now. because one thing we need to know there is a lot of the prisons are private. today prisons are educating people with math and science degrees. you can transfer it to san francisco state. and i often look at this between private and public because this martin luther king jr. holiday there
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were 80,000 people. today there is 800 percent increase. so today as people are serving time they are going to come by with education and jobs. they are already training people now in the prisons to do jobs. as we know the greatest person who has the greatest income from prison, he's to say the price is right. he supplies all of the clothing for people to be in bob parker. his name is on it. i like at this as a private assistance. although i had a chinese worker who helped me. when they were building the train and subway, the mice were coming in and
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we had to put up the refrigerators. i don't have it no more. it was a good learning experience between private and public because i know ihss is a public entity. it's nice to see that private, you can use private service that does go together. it is a project of the ihss. thank you. >> any other public comment? thank you again mr. o'connel. we'll move on to item no. 11. report from the disability disaster preparedness committee given by councilmember denise senhaux. >> thank you. the committee met and had a large turnout. many community based organizations were in attendance. the committee
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heard a report from the committee members working in the bayview project to assist people with disabilities and seniors to shelter in place after a disaster. they are currently mapping out the district to see where these people are living and what these needs maybe. there is also discussion on the upcoming tsunami exercise on march 26, 27, 28, this is around transportation, sheltering and communication and other needs with people with disabilities in the event of a sun -- tsunami in san francisco. group members presented a standard operation procedure in san francisco and this is not to be used by the american red cross but by emergency operation center or
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referred to eoc. it includes a process of evaluating and preparing a site for use as a shelter with a long list of considerations ranging from accessibility and transportation to sanitation and electricity. the dpc heard from various city and county sources from san francisco to seeing the people with the needs with disabilities and with the lawsuit of the new york after during and post super storm sandy in 2012. in effect plans to assist and support people with disabilities are woven throughout the city in the counties disaster preparedness plan in thorough manner. two areas in need of more work are at the sf mta and the wider distribution of evacuation chairs in the high rise buildings. this concludes the dpc report today. we invite
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you to attend our next meeting of the disaster preparedness committee may 2, 2014 in room 421 city hall from 130 p.m. to 330 p.m.. thank you. >> next item is public comment for items not on today's agenda but within the jurisdiction of the mdc. any further public comment? >> yes. larry j edmond. i'm author -- here to speak about a person with disabilities and about african american people who are not able to live in public housing. there is a flyer going out and i did see a cochair on your board, idell wilson, she said she didn't know too much about it. she
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and i went to city college and market and guera was at the mission campus and she's often telling me to come to your meetings here. i'm very concerned with what is going on in public housing especially for african americans who have disabilities and i do go to church. there is something going on with the freedom west concrete. people with disabilities they encourage us to get out to these church meetings to find out what's going on. you said some is on may 2, on tsunami disability thing. this is coming up may 2nd. tsunami. yes. may 2nd. 2014. i problem is i really
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want to know what is going to happen to people who are disabled as they take away those homes that i understand under the new housing what they call it the housing public housing authority reform and reshaping. good question for us people with disabilities and thank you. mdc. >> all right. next item is correspondence. heather do we have correspondence today? >> we have two new items of correspondence today for the councilmembers. the first one is a letter from the community living campaign for cochair chip supanich. the second
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item is a personal correspondence from a member of the public to idell wilson. that's all the correspondence that we have. thank you. >> thank you so much. >> okay. next councilmember comments and announcements. anything? no? okay then. we are done. this meeting is adjourned. >> [ meeting is adjourned ] thank you. >> thank you councilmembers. >> >> good afternoon.
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>> good afternoon. >> i'm naomi kelly the administer for the city and county of san francisco and i'm joined here today with me board supervisor president chiu and many members in the filipino community here in san francisco. and today, we have a huge amazement that represents san francisco value. for the fit since our ordinance was enacted we're adding a new language to the shared list of languages that makes our city safer and better able to serve our residents this is language access for limited folks t is mandated and our city enacted
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the ordinance in 2001 in that 2009 the organized was required to over our ordinance to determine which los angeles's meets the threshold and that's 10 thousand san franciscans that speak a limited language and this must be made by the immigrant affairs to all the departments and the city rights commission. it is now my honor to introduce mayor edwin lee telephones the administrator in 2003 when the amendment happened and continues to xoond opportunity as mayor to build bridges between our cultures. >> mayor edwin lee.
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>> and thank you to the center for welcoming us today. i practiced saying this word on a recent trip and consul general thank you for being here and all the volunteers and staff that have been working with the city for many, many years to make sure with we equal access to all the cities services and president chiu reminded me it didn't used to be called this but the continental access to all the serviced. i'm a firm believer but we're an international city and a city of immigrants the u.s. consensus bureau said we speak many different languages and we're you'll san franciscans. we have an